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Penny Charles
Covid-19 Reflections



It’s coming, it’s here:  

JCMB’s shut on 17th, first on-line teaching on 20th      

Colleague supporting the ‘chat’, students engaged and appreciative.  


Pregnant women shielding, arriving at hospital later.  

Midwives supporting, (partners not allowed)  

Quick normal births, discharge in 3 hours, women calm, breast feeding successes.  


Daughter ill at home with covid, self -isolating, furloughed, post-viral fatigue, comes home to convalesce.   

16 weeks later tentative return to supportive on-line work environment.  


It’s here and it’s staying:  

Economic and health catastrophes globally and locally. Societal, work and personal boundaries  

tested daily.  

A new educational pedagogy is birthed at uni  

An increase in stillbirths? medicalisation sets in again  


Sewing machine has pride of place, crochet hooks, teaching on-line meditations and Gareth Malone! Painting materials and piano waiting in the wings  

26 new projects created and counting, experimenting, adventurous.  

Playful outlet sustaining mental and emotional health.   




Penny Charles